Why YOU should care about digital video

Let me pose a question to you. Why would you want to create video? This question isn't aimed at those who are creating videos all day long as professional videographers. I'm asking photographers, designers and hobbyists. Sure, you've heard about the HDSLR revolution, the fact that just about any camera (including cell phone cameras) can now shoot HD video. Maybe it's an unused feature for you. Maybe you have even fired off a few shots with mixed results. Maybe you have even edited a couple in iMovie. But why do you need to care about video? What's the fuss all about? Let me tell … [Read more...]

Photoshop HDR Tutorial completely updated.

Learn what HDR really is and isn't. It's all explained in this free tutorial. I have just completely updated the free tutorial on HDR and Photoshop. It covers shooting, merging and tone mapping. Also covers Lightroom and Photomatix. Click to read the HDR and Photoshop CS6  Tutorial … [Read more...]

Colin Smith Interview on NIK Radio

                    I just had the honor of being featured on NIK radio with host Scott Sheppard. Scott interviews me about everything from photography, technology, roots, HDR, the Route CS6 tour, PhotoshopCAFE beginnings and so much more. I get to talk about the things I'm passionate about, such as how to develop your own personal style and how to succeed in the industry. Check it out, it's worth a listen http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nik-radio/id365360524 … [Read more...]

Digital Darkroom at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Today I had the honor to attend the VIP advance preview of the Digital Darkroom exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Russell Brown, senior creative director at Adobe, is the curatorial advisor who – along with Patricia Lanza from the Annenberg - has thoughtfully selected 17 artists from the US, France and the UK to celebrate their craft. There are over 80 images in this exhibit that represent the surreal, the ingenious and inventive minds that provide us a glimpse into altered realties. This was a very inspiring event. I had the opportunity to meet Jerry Uelsmann, who is the … [Read more...]

Photoshop Curves explained in plain English

I can't count the amount of times I have been asked how to use curves in Photoshop. They are the most powerful way to adjust your photographs. They appear really hard to use, but they are easy once you know how. Check out this video I created to explain curves in Photoshop. Photoshop Curves explained in plain English. … [Read more...]

Colin’s list of 3rd party Plug-Ins for Photoshop

Here are the 3rd Party Plugins that I recommend for Photoshop There is an entire cottage industry of 3rd-Party Plug-Ins. You install these filters into the Plug-Ins folder in Photoshop and then they are available from the filter menu. These filters can do some amazing things. Some create wild and crazy effects while others are improvements on functionality that’s already in Photoshop. Here is a small sampling… … [Read more...]

Announcing Photoshop and Flash Integration

Build stunning websites with Photoshop CS4 and Flash CS4! http://www.photoshopcafe.com/video/products/Photoshop_Flash_Integration.htm Even if you have no prior experience, this video will teach you what you need to know to create web sites that will blow the competition out of the water. This 6 1/2 hour DVD ROM shows you how to plan, design and launch your website. Combining popular web design tools, Adobe Photoshop and Flash, you’ll learn the workflow that the pros use. In a simple step-by-step, plain English approach, Colin will show you exactly what you need to know. This one-of-a-kind … [Read more...]

WPPI a roaring success

WPPI was a huge success for us. The booth was packed and people gobbled up our innovative and original training. (Sadly: Not so much original stuff around these days). Both my sessions were also packed. I can't wait for WPPI 2010 in MGM Grand Vegas. I've said it before. WPPI is my fav trade show period! It's head and shoulders above any other Photographers shows. See more pix at the PhotoshopCAFE Facebook group. (Oh yeah, don't forget to join!) … [Read more...]


I just got home from WPPI. What a show! 12,000 people attended. For the first time they moved the show to MGM Grand. We had a new booth for PhotoshopCAFE and some new shirts that we were wearing. I'll post siome pictures soon. We also had a drawing with $3,000 worth of prizes and drew a huge crowd :) I spoke 2x and both sessions were packed with people sitting on the floor to get in. All in all, a very sucessful show. Once again, pics coming soon! … [Read more...]

New Tut. Photo Zoom effect

This one came about as a request in the forums. Someone wanted to know how to create a zoom effect. This effect can be done in camera and is quite fun.  If you didn't do it in camera, fear not, we have Photoshop. This works in all versions of Photoshop. Tutorial The 2nd picture is an example of the effect in-camera at Flash Forward Austin Texas. I used a slower shutter speed and pulled the lens in as I took the shot. Start moving the lens before clicking the shutter, this way you will get a smoother movement. … [Read more...]